Health Care As It Should Be February 2014

Upcoming Events

  • Breast Cancer Patients and Survivors: Aromatherapy LC
    Lunch and Learn
    W, Feb 26, noon to 1 p.m.
    Rosemary Flaherty, RN, BSN, Breast Nurse Specialist
    Ongoing fourth W monthly series on various topics by Integrative Medicine team.
    760-834-3798. Lunch included; reservations by Feb 24. Read More

    Medication in the Aging JS
    Joslyn Senior Center Series
    F, Feb 28, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
    Anthony Bassanelli, MD, Psychiatry/Neurology
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Osteoporosis AC
    M, Mar 3, 11 a.m. to noon
    Richard Fausel, DO, Certified Clinical Densitometrist; Danielle Meglio, COTA-C, MLD/CDT, Occupational Therapist
    760-568-1234 Read More

    Have Fun in the Sun…but with Less Risk of Skin Cancer! AC
    TU, Mar 4, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
    Timothy Jochen, MD, Dermatology
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Ostomy: Hope, Healing and Coping LC
    Ostomy Support Group Special Event
    F, Mar 7, 3 to 4 p.m.
    Brenda Elsagher, author, humorist and ostomate
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Health Care for Canadians: Getting the Care You Need AC
    W, Mar 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    G. Aubrey Serfling, President and Chief Executive Officer, Eisenhower Medical Center
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Heart-Lung Machine Demonstration AC
    The Mended Hearts, Inc.
    TH, Mar 13, 6 to 8 p.m.
    Joseph Wilson, MD, Surgery/Thoracic Surgery
    760-409-8538 Read More

    Alzheimer’s/Dementia Diagnosis and Current Research JS
    Joslyn Senior Center Series
    F, Mar 14, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
    Seymour Young, MD, Psychiatry and Neurology
    760-834-7956 Read More


    Most classes and lectures are free and early registration is recommended. For a full listing of lectures, events, programs and support groups, visit Online registration is available for most events.

    AC Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower
    LC Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center
    JS Joselyn Senior Center

    Would you like to have someone from Eisenhower Medical Center speak to your organization on a health-related topic? Please contact Vanessa Shanks at 760-834-7956 for more information




Eisenhower Medical Center Certified as Advanced Primary Stroke Center

In December 2013,  Eisenhower Medical Center was designated a Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, a two-year recertification — at a higher level — of the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers in 2009. Eisenhower’s 2009 certification was the first in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. 

To receive designation as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Eisenhower participated in a rigorous application process and submitted data on stroke admissions, treatment plans and outcomes.

“We’ve gained a lot of experience during the last five years because our service line has so much depth,” says Deborah Bayer, BSN, RN, CCRN, SCRN, Stroke Coordinator, Eisenhower Medical Center. “We’ve created protocols and put processes in place that result in high quality outcomes. The numbers we submitted to The Joint Commission have all been nearly perfect in the last quarter, which is unheard of. We added Stroke Nurse Practitioner Carol Marietta, RN, NP-C to our team and she has increased our ability to provide exceptional care because of her background in Intensive Care.”

The combined efforts of a multidisciplinary team of neurologists, interventional neuroradiologists, hospitalists, nurse practitioners and emergency physicians — all trained to assess acute ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke, caused by blood clots that block blood flow to the brain, helped meet the strict national standards for providing safe, high-quality care to stroke patients.

“Not every hospital provides this level of care,” explains Sue Effinger, RN, MSN/MHA, Director, Neurological Care Unit, Eisenhower Medical Center. “We have stroke neurologists, three interventional radiologists, and neurosurgeons on call, which means we can provide comprehensive, specialized care for stroke patients 24/7. The result is immediate diagnosis and treatment during a critical window of time.”